Did you know that March 7th-11th is National School Breakfast Week (NSBW)??? NSBW is a week long celebration of the school breakfast program. The hopes for the week would be to not only celebrate but to drive awareness which will, hopefully, lead to increased parental awareness and student participation in the program.
NSBW encourages parents to learn more about their local school nutrition program, updates to federal nutrition guidelines, and initiatives in local schools to help children make healthy choices in the morning.
The facts are so clear…breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, sadly, not enough kids eat breakfast. Kids just can’t learn unless they are nourished and can’t think clearly if they are hungry. And this just can’t happen. Our schools are doing their best to nourish our kids by serving healthy and tasty breakfast and people need to know it and utilize it! When I was a kid, my mom most certainly took advantage of the NYC program…even during the summer months!
Here are just some SUPER important facts:
Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory.
Research indicates the quality of foods children eat impacts cognition—with poor nutrition linked with absenteeism, hunger symptoms and psychosocial problems.
Source: The Wellness Impact Report, 2013 (Compiled by the National Dairy Council, GENYOUth, the American School Health Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine).
Students who eat school breakfast attend, on average, 1.5 more days of school per year and score 17.5% Fact higher on standardized math tests.
Source: Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Analysis, 2013 (Compiled by Share Our Strength and Deloitte)
Students who participate in school breakfast show improved attendance, behavior, standardized achievement test scores, and decreased tardiness.
Providing students with breakfast in the classroom setting is associated with lower tardy rates and fewer disciplinary office referrals. Fact:
Source: Breakfast for Learning, 2014 (Compiled by the Food Research and Action Council)
Because of this and so many more reasons, I’m working with the non-profit School Nutrition Association, a member association of professionals who plan and prepare meals in school cafeterias across the country (i.e. district directors, dietitians, school chefs, cafeteria managers etc), to help spread the word. Tell your family members, friends, and local media! Make sure that everyone knows how important this program is and how easy it is for kids to participate.
To help give you some inspiration, please check out some amazing examples from school programs doing positive things for children’s nutrition at facebook.com/
How will you get spread the word and get involved??
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This is a sponsored post. Lady and the Blog LLC partners with the School Nutrition Association. All opinions are my own.